Governor Larry Hogan's approval ratings just keep getting better and better. In the latest iteration of the Washington Post-University of Maryland Poll, Governor Hogan receives his highest approval ratings ever within the poll, at 71 percent. For comparison, Governor Martin O'Malley was at 53% at this point in his tenure.
Governor Hogan's popularity is made even more stark given the increased disapproval ratings of The Republican Party in Maryland - 63% have an unfavorable impression of the party.
While there are many potential reasons for Governor Hogan's popularity, one in particular is Hogan's refusal to endorse Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Poll found that 75 percent of respondents approved of Hogan's disavowal of Trump, including 75% of Democrats, 90% of independents, and 43% of Republicans.
“Governor Hogan’s stance on Donald Trump is consistent with his campaign message and should bode well for him in a state that is populated heavily by Democrats. Not surprisingly, Democrats and Independents were extremely likely to say that they approved of the Governor’s position on Donald Trump. But even those who identify as Republican or leaning toward the Republican party were more likely to approve of the Governor’s position than not. Not only is Governor Hogan insulated from attack from Democrats he shouldn’t have to do much damage control among Republicans.” said Associate Professor of Government and Politics and Research Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship Michael Hanmer.